Daily Survey

Belgrade, June 7, 2012



NEW YORK, June 7 (Tanjug) –On Friday, June 8, the UN member-states will decide in New York who will be the next president of the biggest world organization's General Assembly in the next 12 months - Serbian Foreign Minister Vuk Jeremic or Lithuanian Ambassador to UN Dalius Cekuolis.The voting, which starts at 10 am New York time, will be secret. The representatives of each of the 193 UN member states will vote for the candidate they support, after which the votes will be counted.The candidate with the highest total - a simple majority - will be declared the winner.The presidency over the UN General Assembly in this mandate will last from September 2012 to September 2013.The latest information from the UN headquarters on the East River indicates that the Serbian candidate still has a better chance of winning than the Lithuanian one, but, due to the secret ballot and diplomatic protocol, few UN ambassadors want to say publicly who they will vote for.In the past five years, the UN General Assembly was chaired by the officials of Macedonia, Nicaragua, Libya, Switzerland and Qatar.Both Jeremic and Cekuolis actively lobbied in the past few weeks, and, when speaking of their chances to win, the Belgrade media quoted well-informed sources saying that some countries have intensified the pressure at the finish, especially Germany and the USA, which support Cekuolis.Jeremic stated recently that after the elections in Serbia, it is very difficult to predict if Serbia's candidacy for president of the UN General Assembly will have support, but that he still believes it is possible.


BRUSSELS, June 6 (Tanjug) –EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele will come to Tomislav Nikolic's presidential inauguration, his spokesperson Peter Stano told. Fuele will attend Nikolic's inauguration ceremony, Stano said.


BELGRADE, June 6 (Tanjug) – Economy Minister Nebojsa Ciric expressed the expectation that Italy's steel producer Danieli would not shy away from an investment in the construction of a steelworks in Serbia."Despite the possible disturbance over the unexpected outcome of the presidential elections in Serbia, signaled also by other investors, I expect that the final status of the project will be confirmed and defined by the end of June and that the investment will be realized despite the very specific situation in the steel market," Ciric told TV B92. Danieli Group representatives are in contact with the Serbian government officials, closely monitoring political developments in Serbia, said Ciric."If the memorandum (of cooperation) is confirmed and the agreement signed, I expect the first steps in the realization of the investment to be taken by the end of this year and early next year," said Ciric.



BELGRADE, June 7 (Tanjug) –President Tomislav Nikolic said that he would give representatives of the northern Kosovo Serbs a part of the documentation on the talks between Belgrade and Pristina, which he obtained after coming to power."The Serbs from Kosovo-Metohija have to be informed about all agreements and decisions which the state reaches, and which have a direct impact on their lives," Nikolic told Tanjug prior to a meeting with the representatives of the four northern Kosovo municipalities and head of the Kosovska Mitrovica District."They are in jeopardy, and their children have to live under different circumstances," Nikolic said. Nikolic said that for that very reason he would advocate that the representatives of northern Kosovo Serbs be included in the dialogue.They know best what plagues them, Nikolic said, adding that the Serbs in Kosovo-Metohija have to receive an update as to "what the state of Serbia has provided for them, and which competencies it has given away to someone who administers Kosovo-Metohija."According to Nikolic, the documents, which he will disclose to the representatives of northern Kosovo Serbs have never been in the parliament, nor made public, although they have not been labeled as classified. "The contents of the documents were familiar to negotiators, and those whom they informed," Nikolic said, adding that the general public will soon see everything that is at the president's disposal."If something is kept secret from me, then it will be also kept secret from the Serbian citizens," the president underlined.


BRUSSELS, June 6 (Tanjug) –During its EU presidency Cyprus will not change the policy towards Kosovo and will continue to support Serbia on its path of European integration, Permanent Representative of Cyprus in Brussels Cornelius Corneliou said. We will not recognize Kosovo and that remains our position, Corneloiu told reporters at a briefing on the occasion of the forthcoming Cyprus EU Presidency on July 1. Corneliou said that this will not affect priorities and the development of socio-economic relations between Brussels and Pristina, or the dialogue Pristina and Belgrade. When it comes to policy towards Serbia, Corneliou said that Belgrade should be given a little more time to meet the requirements of the European Council and Commission set to begin accession negotiations.If these conditions are met, we will continue to support Serbia, he said. Corneliou said that the process of EU enlargement to the Balkan countries, including Turkey, remains the top priority regardless of the fact that Turkey has announced that it will suspend dialogue with Brussels during the Cypriot presidency.It is their unilateral decision, but we are arguing for the continuation of negotiations, he said. Cyprus will take over six-month EU presidency from Denmark on July 1.


VUCITRN, June 6 (Tanjug) –KFOR soldiers were shot at three times during the riots that occured five days ago in Rudare, northern Kosovo, KFOR spokesman Uwe Nowicki stated Wednesday.At the international security forces camp in Novo Selo near Vucitrn, where damaged vehicles and equipment of international soldiers were presented as evidence, Nowicki said that KFOR used live ammunition and rubber bullets in self-defence.As they were being stoned, KFOR members has to respond, he said, adding that the soldiers were attacked by a small criminal group that has nothing to do with ordinary citizens.KFOR members in Rudare were shot at three times with live ammunition of various calibers within one and a half hour, said Nowicki, adding that 21 soldiers were injured on that occasion, two of whom severely.We regret the shooting as two KFOR soldiers were severely injured, one of whom was transferred to the Bondsteel Camp near Urosevac, where he was hospitalized and transported to Germany on Sunday, Nowicki said.The second soldier has an ear injury and was hospitalized in the base in Vucitrn, KFOR spokesman stated.We severely condemn these attacks, and this had no connection to the legal protests, Nowicki said, adding that this was a criminal act and an attempt of murder.He said that KFOR needs to secure freedom of movement for all in Kosovo-Metohija and that the operation of removal of roadblocks in Rudare near Zvecan on Friday was aimed at that.


PODGORICA, June 6 (Tanjug) –Montenegrin President Filip Vujanovic reiterated Thursday that he would not sign any decrees on exchange of ambassadors with Pristina until the Kosovo government gave Montenegrins the status of a national minority.The Montenegrin government decided last Thursday to open an embassy in Kosovo, in the belief this would create the conditions to improve cooperation in all fields.Vujanovic told reporters that the government's decision was appropriate, but that he was standing by his position that ambassadors would not be exchanged until the issue of status for Montenegrins in Kosovo was resolved."I will not sign a decree appointing a Montenegrin ambassador or accept credentials from a Kosovo ambassador, as long as Montenegrins in Kosovo are not recognized as a national minority community and given a chance to be represented in the Kosovo parliament," he said.Vujanovic said he had received assurances from Kosovo's President Atifete Jahjaga that this would happen very soon.



BRUSSELS, June 6 (Tanjug) –It is not true that someone in Brussels has asked Serbia to allow for a Kosovo office to be set up in Belgrade in order to move forward with EU integration, an official of the European Commission told. Novi Magazin reported that Brussels had put nearly impossible requirements before Serbia in order to continue with EU integration and that they include opening a Kosovo office in Belgrade.To open the office would practically mean to open an embassy that would simply be named differently, but the Serbian authorities find that unacceptable, says the Novi Magazin website.At the same time, Serbia is required to open its office in Pristina, so the two offices would practically symbolize the establishment of diplomatic relations, the magazine says. Besides these requirements, there are also the old ones, like implementing the agreements reached in the talks between Belgrade and Pristina, closing down parallel institutions in northern Kosovo and allowing KFOR and EULEX freedom of movement in northern Kosovo, Novi Magazin reported.One of the conditions is to open an EU mission office in northern Kosovo, the magazine stated.A source from the European Commission told Tanjug the chief requirement was normalization of the relations with Kosovo, which meant dialogue, implementation of the agreements reached so far and freedom of movement for KFOR and EULEX, but not opening a Kosovo office in Belgrade and a Serbian office in Kosovo.The source also said that some countries, like Germany, had set additional criteria regarding parallel institutions in Kosovo.By parallel institutions, they mean the security agencies supposedly present in northern Kosovo and not those related to education and healthcare.Neither Germany nor any other country is insisting on establishing diplomatic relations between Serbia and Kosovo, the source noted.


BRUSSELS, June 6 (Tanjug) –EU Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele will tell Serbian President Nikolic, when he comes to his inauguration in Belgrade, that he expects Serbia to continue EU-related reforms, his spokesman Peter Stano has said.Stano confirmed for Tanjug on Wednesday that Fuele would attend Nikolic's inauguration set for June 11.The main message is that we expect Serbia, its new president and government, which we hope will be formed soon, to continue EU-related reforms in order to bring Serbia closer to its goal of joining the EU, Stano told Free Europe.He added the European Commission would assist Serbia on its European path.Nikolic was chosen in a free and democratic election, Serbia is a candidate country undergoing the EU accession process, and Nikolic spoke in favor of EU accession during his campaign, so it is logical that Fuele would come to his inauguration, said Stano.Asked whether Fuele would bring up Nikolic's recent statements about Vukovar, Croatia, and Srebrenica, Bosnia-Herzevina, Stano said the EC had expressed clearly a few days ago how it felt about the questioning of historical facts and the genocide in Srebrenica, and what it expected from politicians in the region.It was genocide and the EU finds attempts to rewrite history and historical facts unacceptable, concluded Stano.



BRUSSELS, June 6 (Tanjug) –Croatian Foreign Minister Vesna Pusic said in Brussels that the controversial statement of Serbian President is seen in Zagreb as part of a heated pre-election campaign rhetoric and that she hopes that Croatia and Serbia will quickly continue to promote relations.Croatia believes that cooperation with Serbia is of great importance and that it is the obligation of the authorities in both states, Pusic told reporters after meeting with European Enlargement Commissioner Stefan Fuele and Danish Minister for European Affairs Nicolai Wammen.I expect that the electoral campaign is over and that normal rhetoric will be established, Pusic said referring to recent statements by Nikolic that Vukovar is a Serb city and that there was no genocide in Srebrenica.Pusic stressed that Croatia and Serbia should now define topics of mutual interest, ranging from the economic and political ones, to the progress of regional countries towards EU membership.


BELGRADE, June 6 (Tanjug) –European Parliament (EP) Rapporteur for Serbia Jelko Kacin is of the opinion that at the start of his term, Serbian President Tomislav Nikolic should first visit the capital of Bosnia-Herzegovina (BiH), Sarajevo, and not Banja Luka in Republika Srpska, one of its two entities.That would be "the right signal", Kacin said to daily Danas, commenting on Nikolic's statement that there was no genocide in Srebrenica during the war in BiH.Kacin said that "the stand which Serbian officials take with regard to this crime is very important and we will pay particular attention to the efforts that the Serbian president will be putting in the field of regional reconciliation."Kacin stressed that the genocide did happen in Srebrenica, "which is also confirmed by the rulings delivered by the ICTY and the ICJ, and the Serbian public know that very well."The Serbian president's statement "might give a cause for concern, but each state official should be given some time after assuming a new duty so that his deeds could speak for him,"the EP rapporteur said.Kacin noted that Nikolic is to meet President of the European Council Van Rompuy, President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso and his deputy Catherine Ashton in Brussels on June 14, and that one of the announced topics will be the issue of regional reconciliation and his stand on the Srebrenica massacre."It is of utmost importance that the government of Western Balkan countries start working on the common history textbooks, which will clearly state who is responsible for the crimes that took place during the 1990s, including Srebrenica,"Kacin said."There is no true reconciliation without the right, visionary leaders and education system which would free the Western Balkan peoples from the burden of ethnic nationalism, but also from stereotypes of collective guilt. That is our common, historic challenge," Kacin said.